Amazing Facts About Breathing
You can go for weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without breathing. Breathing has such an immediate impact on your mind and body that even the act of inhaling vs. exhaling affects your nervous system differently. It’s common to train in diet, exercise and even hydration, but almost no one trains their breath. This is a huge missed opportunity for health-seekers.
Did you know…
Breathing can change your blood PH (acid/alkaline) in minutes. No food, exercise or medication acts as quickly.1
You can often determine your dominant nervous system state simply by placing your finger underneath your nostrils and exhaling.
Reduced rate breathing can stimulate a rest and digest, parasympathetic nervous system state to help with sleep, stress, and anxiety.
Rapid, pulsed breathing stimulates a sympathetic nervous system response to increase energy, prepare for exercise, or boost the body’s natural defenses.
Diaphragmatic breathing massages the Vagus Nerve and reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.2
Severe respiratory conditions like asthma can be successfully managed by increasing CO2 levels in the blood.3
Breathing can help reduce the fear of public speaking, improve digestion, reduce insomnia, lower stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.
The Coaching Opportunity
For certified teachers, there are three main teaching opportunities right now. Many coaches focus on work with private clients, creating individualized, solution-oriented sessions. They help people with stress management, sleep disorders, anxiety, or digestive problems. Private clients offer you a flexible schedule, great pay, and the opportunity to make a huge impact.
Next, you’ll have the opportunity to lead group classes in local yoga studios. These added-value classes give dedicated yoga students a deeper understanding of their breathing and enhance their personal practices. Lastly, workshop-style breathing sessions can be very effective in a variety of settings, but corporate clients and fitness centers are the key markets.
Top teaching opportunities:
Private Sessions: I’ll show you how to quickly find students in your area struggling with challenges like stress, anxiety, sleep problems, digestive issues, or overwhelm. The typical breathing client program is one month and includes a live weekly session (in person or virtual) combined with daily assignments where clients listen to your voice and practice along with a recording.
Location: your home or theirs or virtually via video chat.
Earning potential: typical 1-month program sells for $149*
Group Classes: These classes are offered at local studios and fitness clubs and include both the “why” and the “how” of yoga breathing. You’ll lecture on the basics, teach group breathing, and assign homework. I’ll give you a sales email to send to local studios in your area so you can book your first 60-minute group class easily and start teaching right away. I’ll also give you posters, event handouts, and promotional materials you can provide to the studios so you’ll look like a pro.
Location: most group classes are in local yoga studios or fitness centers.
Earning potential: specialized group classes usually pay $40-75/hour*
Workshops: These 90-minute sessions include four parts: introduction, lecture, practice, and questions. I’ll show you how to deliver a 90-minute experience and provide you with all the materials needed to pitch and land your first paid gigs. Materials provided include slide show presentation, done-for-you contact for your partner, pricing info, promotional poster, and handouts for your attendees.
Location: workshops can take place in yoga studios, fitness centers, or corporate settings.
Earning potential: workshop revenue starts at $150/hour*
I started yoga in my early 20s, and I wanted to learn everything. Breathing came up in every class, so I asked all my teachers for more information. Here’s what I wanted to know: Why is breathing important? You say we should breathe deeply, but how deeply? You say breathe slowly, but how slowly? And why not breathe fast? I realized quickly that the yoga community pays lip service to breathing but doesn’t teach or understand it well at all.
I’ve practiced with some of the most esteemed teachers including some modern masters, and I was disappointed to discover that most had only a superficial understanding of breathing. Frustrated, I turned my research to the mainstream medical community and the world of extreme sports, and finally, I found answers.
Medical doctor, Patricia Gerbarg, has dedicated her career to breathing and her work and our conversations and writing were hugely influential. I worked closely with a senior Buteyko Breathing coach who taught me about the vital role of CO2. I also interviewed a number of record-setting free divers and daredevils like Wim Hof, who push breathing to the limits (not something I advocate). I came to learn that there is no mystery to breathing at all. The science of breath has been well-researched for over 100 years, but very few people had applied the actual science to the practices of yoga students. This seems crazy, but it’s true.
After nine months of research, here’s what I learned:
Discovery #1. Breathing Exercises Are All About CO2 (not blood oxygen)
Breathing exercises are mostly about the manipulation of carbon dioxide in the blood, not oxygen. CO2 is not a toxin to be avoided. It’s hugely valuable, and most people over-breathe, not under-breathe, and we need to learn how to conserve CO2.
Discovery #2. Slow Breathing Increases Cellular Oxygen
Logically, you’d think that if you breathe fast, you’ll get more oxygen, right? Not true. In fact, if you breath really fast for a few minutes, you’ll get dizzy and might even pass out. Slow breathing increases blood CO2 levels that allow for greater absorption of oxygen.
Discovery #3. Breathing Doesn’t Have to Be Completed (at all!)
One of my first yoga teachers taught me 15 different breathing exercises with funky Sanskrit names. As I went further, I learned dozens more. It was so overwhelming. Here’s what I know now: every single breathing exercise is simply affecting your nervous system in one of three ways: parasympathetic, sympathetic, or balancing response. All that complexity and terminology doesn’t add any value to the practices. Simple exercises work just as well and can be learned in minutes with no hard-to-pronounce Sanskrit names or complicated hand positions.
VIDEO: My TEDx talk on breathing
I was so excited by this new knowledge and so frustrated with the misinformation being passed around in the yoga community that I put together a TEDx Talk. So far, the response has been amazing, and it’s being watched by 10-20K people per day. As it turns out, many people were confused with all this “breathe deeply” advice too.
What You’ll Learn
The Science of Breathing
- Anatomy & physiology of breathing
- Autonomic nervous system response
- The Bohr Effect
- Nasal Cycle Theory
- Ultradian Rhythms & Breathing
- The science behind popular styles including: Yoga Pranayma, Buteyko, Wim Hof, Box Style & Holotropic Breathing
Breath Testing / Client Assess
- Control pause
- Exhale counting test
- Nasal dominance test
6 Foundational Exercises
- Water Breathing (x2)
- Whiskey Breathing (x2)
- Coffee Breathing (x2)
- Boundaries and limitations of work
- Setting and managing expectations
- Complementing (not replacing) other medical and non-medical health interventions
- Referring out when appropriate
The Business of Coaching
- No-cost client acquisition
- Pricing and packaging
- Session planning
- Client management
- Online payment
- Social media made simple
- Online scheduling
- Online vs. offline sessions
The course requires a minimum of one hour total of combined study and practice daily. The format is video-based lessons (lectures and video classes), questions and answers, personal practice, and home study that can happen at any time. Early morning or late in the evening? As long as you do the work, you can set your own schedule.
- 12 Core Lessons (video)
- 12 Breathing Practices (3 x 5min practices throughout the day)
- 1 Final Quiz (online multiple choice)
- 1 Final Exam (audio recordings of yourself teaching)*
*You’ll later use these audios with your clients, so they are exam materials but also your personal business materials too
Trainer Access Throughout the Course:
- Direct email access
- Facebook Messenger access
- Facebook group access
- Live Q&A session access
- 1-on-1 assessment and scoring of assignments with feedback
- All questions answered
What if I’m Not a Teacher Yet?
No problem. The vast majority of trainees in this program have no background in yoga or group fitness training. The course will lead you step-by-step through everything you need to know to start working professionally. You can teach in gyms and yoga studios, and even set up your own business after this course.
Requirements & Prerequisites:
- Non-smokers only
- Some yoga experience is helpful, but not required
- Any phone or computer (to access lessons)
- Facebook account (anonymous / pseudonyms are acceptable if you’d like privacy)
- Positivity and support for your fellow trainees
Breathing vs. Meditation?
Meditation books, smartphone apps, and seminars are selling like crazy right now, but very few people actually practice because just the idea of 20 minutes in silence is enough to scare off even the most self-disciplined student.
And this is where breathwork comes in.
In traditional yoga, breathing has always been taught as a stepping-stone to meditation, and scientifically, the benefits are identical. Just like with meditation, you relieve stress, reduce your heart and respiratory rate, lengthen your telomeres, and potentially extend life.4
No one talks about the downsides of meditation, but for new students, it can create anxiety, nervousness, frustration, and obsessive rumination. And the biggest problem? Most students don’t follow through, they quit! You’ve probably experienced this yourself.
Breathing is different. It’s fun and easy to practice. The counting gives you a mental focus, and the practices are short and potent. Instead of dodging your daily breathing, students look forward to it.
With breathing practice, it puts you into a meditative state automatically. Think of breathing as an active form of meditation with all the same benefits. As a career yoga teacher, I can assure you that clients want results, not meditation awards, so the more I teach breathing, the happier my clients are with the results.
About The Certification
This is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education course. After successfully completing the course, you’ll be qualified to coach students privately, in yoga studios and fitness centers, CrossFit Boxes, and corporate settings anywhere in the world.
NOTE: We do not sell certifications. All credentials are merit-based and well-deserved. We take pride in the caliber of our graduates and we’ll hold you to a high standard.
Health Disclaimer: Breathing coaches are not trained to treat, diagnose or cure any illness or disease. In all cases, your clients should work in conjunction with a qualified medical professional, and under no circumstances should you recommend clients change or discontinue prescribed medication or treatment protocols.
Meet Your Trainers
Lucas Rockwood | Master Trainer & Director (E-RYT, YACEP)
Lucas is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K.
Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas left the USA in 2003 and traveled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.
YOGA STUDIOS (learn more). Lucas opened his first studio (and restaurant) in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2006 and franchised a second location in 2011 in Amsterdam. His newest studio group, YOGABODY Fitness, launched in 2012 and is the largest and most influential in Spain with daily classes, workshops, and international training programs.
YOGA PROPS & PRODUCTS (learn more). From the back of his first yoga studio, Lucas launched a yoga props and nutritional supplement division that has grown into a large, international company in its own right. YOGABODY now distributes yoga props and products in 81 countries including the Yoga Trapeze®, Wonder Wheel®, and Hurts So Good® Massage Balls.
TEACHER TRAINING. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy (2006-2018), one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world in its time with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. In 2016, he founded The Yoga Teachers College, a cutting-edge new approach to professional yoga education and one of the only college-credit recommended courses in the world offering diploma courses for mind-body fitness professionals.
Find Lucas online: Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin | Podcast
Camilo Carreiro | Trainer (E-RYT, YACEP)
Camilo enrolled in his first yoga training course to deepen his practice, but he fell in love with teaching and made a quick career change. Camilo joined the Barcelona YOGABODY team in 2015 and immediately became involved in the management of sequence development, course planning, and new teacher mentorship. Camilo teaches and co-teaches The Yoga Teachers College Diploma program, the Trapeze Teacher Training, and Yoga Wheel. His favorite after-class snack is fresh fruit.
CREDENTIALS: E-RYT Registered Trainer / YACEP Provider, Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD), Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Cert (200hr), Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr), Yoga Barre Cert (20hr)
Find Camilo online: Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin
Ekaterina Zyrina | Trainer (E-RYT, YACEP)
Katy took her first yoga class while studying at university. At the time, she couldn’t do a single Chaturanga and she swore she would never go back—but she always did! After five years of dedicated practice, Katy completed her first teacher training course and officially joined YOGABODY in 2016. Today her focus is entirely on yoga teaching and training. Her personal practice remains an Ashtanga Vinyasa (Mysore style). Katy is a big fan of the ocean and loves to surf.
CREDENTIALS: E-RYT Registered Trainer, YACEP Provider, Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD), Ashtanga Vinyasa Cert (200hr), Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr), Yoga Barre Cert (20hr), Therapeutic Yoga (200hr)
Find Katy online: Instagram | Facebook
15-hour Yoga Alliance Certificate
YOGABODY Breath Coach Training Certification is one-of-a-kind and offers an opportunity for you to learn to use breathing as a health and healing tool, transform lives, and earn a great living. The Yoga Teachers College is a leader in professional yoga education, and this program is designed to give you all the personal experience, academic knowledge, and business skills required to work professionally.
11 – 22 Nov 2019 | Limited Space
Complete 15-Hour Online
Lifetime Access to eLearning Training & Business Resources
Live, Real-time Video Classes & Help From Your Trainer
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education
Special Price: Just $299
(Approximately: 200 GBP or 300€**)
**All tuition charged in USD, conversions are estimates only.
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Online courses of all types are popping up daily—but most are worthless. We spent months creating an at-home experience that models our in-person courses as much as possible, and we’re extremely proud to share it with you. That being said, if you complete the course in its entirety and for whatever reason don’t feel you received the education you expected, we’ll refund your tuition fee in full.
FREE! Bonus Materials (
Get access to dozens of professional resources so you can hit the ground running upon graduation. Our school is owned and operated by YOGABODY, a large international yoga brand with ever-growing business support you can take advantage of so you can focus on the fun stuff—teaching!
FREE! Contract Template (
Once the bookings start rolling in, you’ll need to send them a formal document to manage expectations, policies, and payment. Most yoga teachers hate this part, but you’ll pay the price if you don’t use it. Grab our template, adapt it to your needs, and look like a real professional from the get-go.
FREE! New Student Form / Liability Waiver (
For insurance and data privacy reasons, it’s essential that you have a new student form with a liability waiver for your classes. We’ll give you our template that you can adapt and use immediately.
FREE! Business Card & Postcard Templates (
Save time and money by using our done-for-you designs. Simply customize with your contact information, and you can get printing done for pennies per card.
FREE! Done-for-You Pitch Emails (
To land your first clients, simply use these copy/paste templates to contact local yoga studios, fitness centers, and corporate offices. These emails will help get you your first gigs.
FREE! Workshop Side Deck Presentation (
You’ll look like pro when you use this professional slide deck presentation in your first workshops. No need to stress about the format, it works on PC/Mac and is ready to go immediately.
FREE! Workshop Flyer (
This handout contains all six breathing practices we focus on in the program (two of each category: water, whiskey, coffee). You can use this as a handout at your workshops and events to add value and help your students learn.
Our Core Values
DO WHAT YOU LOVE: and you’ll never work another day in your life.
BUILD IT, OWN IT: create a career on your own terms.
STUDENT FOR LIFE: never stop learning, never stop growing.
SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY: share the powerful practices of yoga with as many people as possible.
PRACTICE IS EVERYTHING: your personal practice is your greatest teaching asset.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The Yoga Teachers College pioneered online professional yoga training, and it’s important to note that this is a live interactive course. Our standards are extremely high, and we’ll guide you through every step of the process all the way to your final assessment.
No problem. You can double up your work on another day. The suggested pace is one hour per day, but you can arrange your schedule any way you like.
No, that wouldn’t be fair. We require an 85% or higher score on all exams, and participation throughout the course. You have up to three tries on all exams, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. If you show up and give 100%, you will almost certainly be successful.
We only teach safe practices applicable to all people, regardless of age or condition. There are many extreme, daredevil breathing programs online—that is not us. This is a therapeutic, self-care system that is extremely powerful, but safe and simple.
You’ll study online with video-based classes. This is particularly effective for learning breathing exercise names, anatomical terms, and session plans. Each day there is a video lecture, a personal practice (that you do), and a practice teaching exercise you’ll do at home.
As long as you have access to a phone or computer, you’ll have no problems. It’s a very low-tech course designed for everyone.
That’s fine! As long as you’re serious about learning, we’re happy to invite you to the course.
Questions are great. Just ask! This is an at-home course, but it includes real-time interactions, so you can ask questions, get help, and talk with Lucas and the training team throughout the course.
Yoga Alliance 15hr (YACEP) Certificate
(1) The Bohr Effect https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohr_effect
(2) Vagus Nerve & diaphragmatic breathing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6189422/
(3) Buteyko Breathing & asthma: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14752538
(4) Meditation & Longevity: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057175/
*Earnings Disclaimer: earning potential shared on this page is for reference only. Actual earnings may vary according to location, geography, and dozens of other factors.